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Subject Code and Title MGT302A/BIZ303: Strategic Management
Assessment Assessment 1 - Reflective Essay
Individual/Group Individual
Length 1,000 words, +/- 10%
Learning Outcomes a) Describe and evaluate the objectives, aims and the primary aspects of a strategic plan whilst taking into account the vision and mission of the organisation.
b) Discuss and evaluate the processes and forces that influence the strategic decision-making process in relation to business strategy.
Submission Due by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday of module 3 (week
5)
Weighting 25%
Total Marks 100 marks
Context:
An organisation typically achieves superior returns when it has a sound strategy that is well implemented. A key part of determining an organisation’s strategy is a clear understanding of the environment in which it operates. Evaluating the external environment is a critical part of the strategic management process, and this assessment requires that you undertake an analysis of the industry environment that Qantas Airlines is currently facing. To do so, you are required to apply Porter’s Five Forces model to Qantas Airlines and reflect, using an academic article of your choice, on how analysing the environment in this way can help to inform managers in creating the organisation’s strategy.
Instructions:
This assessment requires that you consider each of the following:
? A brief summary of the theory of Porter’s Five Forces model.
? An application of each of the five forces to Qantas Airlines, in which you identify whether the existence of each force is high, medium or low, providing an overall summary of the industry’s attractiveness regarding profitability.
? Your opinion on the usefulness and limitations of the five forces model, using an academic article of your choice, and the analysis that you have undertaken of the industry environment that Qantas Airlines is currently facing, to inform managers in creating the organisation’s strategy.
This assessment is a ‘reflective essay’ which means:
? It is an academic analysis, using your own opinions as well as those of others. It still follows typical essay conventions, for instance, it should have a logical series of paragraphs and is structured with a beginning, middle, and end.
? You need to critically reflect on your own thoughts and rationale, then integrate these reflections with appropriate theoretical concepts.
? It should be written in both the first and third person as directed in the suggested structure below.
To prepare for this assessment, the following steps are advised:
? Step 1 - Read the subject materials:
o Understanding the organisation’s environment (module 2).
o Evaluating an organisation’s external environment (module 2.1).
? Step 2 - Watch the following video on Porter’s Five Forces: https://vimeo.com/42815405 ? Step 3 - Familiarise yourself with current information about Qantas Airlines:
http://investor.qantas.com/annual-report-2017/
? Step 4 – Undertake additional research on the airline industry and source additional readings, including at least one additional journal article that may support your answer.
A suggested structure for your essay is as follows:
? Introduction (approx. 100 words). Define the purpose and scope of your essay, including what you intend to cover. Identify, in a compelling way, why the topic is important. Explain its context. This section should be written in the first person.
? A brief summary of Porter’s Five Forces model (approx. 200 words). Clearly and succinctly outline the theory underpinning the approach (does not have to be detailed). Use a number of academic references to support the description provided. This section should be written in the third person.
? Application of the model (approx. 450 words). Here, taking each force in turn, describe and analyse Qantas Airlines, using each force. Be purposeful and specific in explaining exactly why you believe each force impacts in the way you do. Integrate relevant academic references, including at least one specific journal article into your analysis as appropriate. This section should be written in the third person.
? Usefulness and limitations (approx. 150 words). Explain how both, your and the industry analysis in general, can help Qantas Airlines to make decisions about its future strategy. Note, that the model does have critique and that other ways of analysing the environment are also important. Use references to support and justify your position. This section should be written in the first person.
? Conclusion (approx. 100 words). Summarise what you have undertaken in the essay along with the relevant conclusions and your own opinions. This section should be written in the first person.
Please note the following additional information:
? You should adhere to the correct use of academic writing, presentation and grammar. You should use a combination of the first and third person in a reflective essay as directed.
? It is important to check your similarity in Turnitin. All sentences highlighted must be either paraphrased in your own words or put in quotes and referenced accordingly. You should be aiming for a similarity score that is as low as possible. The similarities highlighted in a contents page, reference list or appendix is nothing to be concerned about.
? It is important to adopt the appropriate use of the APA 6th edition style when citing and referencing research. Please comply with all academic standards of legibility, referencing and bibliographical details (including reference list).
? You are advised to include a minimum of 5 academic references which should be textbooks or academic journals. Appropriate websites may be used in addition to these.
? The attached learning rubric guides the marker when awarding marks for your essay. You should use this rubric to review your paper, ensuring there is nothing you have missed.
Submission Instructions:
Submit your reflective essay via the Assessment link, in the main navigation menu, in MGT302A/BIZ303 Strategic Management. The learning facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.
Learning Rubric: Assessment 1 – Reflective Essay
Assessment Attributes Fail (Unacceptable) 0-49% Pass
(Functional)
50-64% Credit
(Proficient) 65-74% Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84% High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Introduction and
conclusion
10%
Provides poor context and does not link to the assessment in a clear and coherent way. May be missing entirely.
Provides satisfactory context, however, link to the assessment is only partially clear and coherent.
Provides reasonable context and link to the assessment in a fairly clear and coherent way.
Provides good context and link to the assessment in a clear and coherent way.
Provides excellent context and link to the assessment in an extremely clear and coherent way.
Knowledge, understanding, reflections and application of porters
five forces model
60%
Limited understanding of the required concepts and knowledge.
Limited application, reflection and analysis of the model, with regards to Qantas, with minimal evidence used.
Some knowledge and understanding of the required concepts and knowledge.
Some application, reflection and analysis of the model, with regards to Qantas, with satisfactory evidence used.
Thorough knowledge or understanding of the required concepts and knowledge.
Thorough application, reflection and analysis of the model, with regards to Qantas, with clear evidence used.
Highly developed understanding of the required concepts and knowledge.
Highly developed application, reflection and analysis of the model, with regards to Qantas, with well substantiated evidence used.
A sophisticated understanding of the required concepts and knowledge.
Excellent application, reflection and analysis of the model, with regards to Qantas, with a broad and significant evidence based used.
Usefulness and
limitations
20%
Demonstrates little or no awareness of context and/or future strategy.
Personal reflections are largely missing.
Demonstrates limited awareness of context and/or future strategy.
Personal reflections are satisfactory.
Demonstrates consistent awareness of context and/or future strategy.
Personal reflections are good.
Demonstrates an advanced and integrated understanding of context and/or future strategy.
Personal reflections are well-developed.
Consistently demonstrates a systematic and critical understanding of context and/or future strategy.
Personal reflections are sophisticated.
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Referencing, grammar
and writing
10% Demonstrates inconsistent use of good quality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop ideas. Doesn’t adequately reflect on the journal article.
Grammar and writing style needs improvement. Demonstrates use of some relevant resources to support and develop ideas, but these are not always explicit or well-developed. Reflects partially on the journal article.
Grammar and writing style is satisfactory.
Demonstrates use of credible and relevant resources to support and develop ideas, which are usually explicit and/or well-developed. Reflects well on the journal article.
Grammar and writing style is good.
Demonstrates use of goodquality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop arguments and statements. Reflects extremely well on the journal article.
Grammar and writing style is very good. Demonstrates use of highquality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop arguments and statements. Sophisticated reflection on the journal article.
Grammar and writing style is excellent.
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